Malawi Queens today has opened the 2019 Netball World Cup with defeat to New Zealand 64-45 in pool B, Malawisports.com has confirmed.
The team will be playing against Singapore on Saturday morning and Coach Griffin ‘Zagalo’ Saenda believes his charges can get back to winning ways
Malawi gave false hopes at the start as they led 4-2, after their historic win against Silver Ferns during last year’s commonwealth games, 57-53.
New Zealand took charge strongly in the first quarter and finished with a 17-11 lead.
Their lead had quickly ballooned to 10 goals, three minutes into the second quarter, at 22-11 courtesy of a 5-0 start to term.
It was always going to be a mountain to climb for Malawi from that moment. It’s where they were outclassed in second quarter showing, outscoring 15-17 and established a 32-17 halftime lead.
Malawi kept fighting until the final whistle, giving them credit and drawing the last term 15-15.
Queens missed their goal star shooters presence mwai kumwenda, whose got a long term injured knee. In Malawi’s historic wins over the ferns at common wealth, kumwenda landed 41 goals from 46 attempts.